Visitation will be held Friday, January 3, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at Cleveland Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2014, at the Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at the Beulah Cemetery. Rev. Allen Robison will officiate the service.
Mae Belle was born on December 31, 1935, to Joe and Sarah (Phillips) Land in LeRoy, Ill. She attended the LeRoy, Ill., schools. She joined the Navy in 1954 as the first woman enlistee from McLean County, Ill. She married Wesley L. Brown on October 9, 1954, in Waukegan, Ill. Following her husbands military career they lived in the Panama City Florida and Panama Canal Zone among other areas. Upon his retirement in 1979 they moved back to Rosedale, MS to be near family.
She was a homemaker and a very talented artist who had learned to make ceramics in the military. Mae Belle was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wesley, a sister Nancy Eaton and a brother Tommy Land.
She is survived by son, Wesley Eugene Brown of Batesville, Ark.; and sisters, Phyllis Follis of Clinton, Ill., and Mary Bickers of Rosedale.
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